Photos: Andy Mogg
The first section of Last Blue Couch in the Sky was Kim Epifano’s creative response to San Francisco and SoMa’s rapid transformation, and the negative impact on many residents and artists of growing gentrification, displacement, and income inequality. Epifano’s focus in the second half of the piece concerned the new generation of artist voyagers who are finding their way to San Francisco to make their mark on the city—a celebration of the present and moving forward, with gratitude for the sacrifices of those from the past. Last Blue Couch in the Sky highlighted the rejuvenation resulting from the collision of old and new, harnessing its power as a force for innovative art making and community engagement.
Conceived by Kim Epifano and Commissioned and Presented by YBCA, Last Blue Couch in the Sky marked the 20th anniversary of Epiphany Dance Theater and was dedicated to Norma Baldini Epifano.